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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Drew Phillips

Oxford routs Rebs for 5A state championship

PEARL — It was a fitting end to a dominant year for Oxford High’s baseball team. Oxford punctuated one of the best seasons in school history with a 9-0 win over George County Thursday at Trustmark Park, finishing off a sweep in the title series and claiming the MHSAA Class 5A state championship. (May 22, 2015, Page 6A)

Trojans walk off against Oxford, even series

NEW HOPE — The only power Will Godfrey ever displayed was in batting practice. Until Thursday night. The MHSAA Class 5A North Half championship series took another unexpected turn when New Hope’s junior catcher used every ounce of strength he had to turn on Houston Roth’s final pitch of the night for a walk-off home run, putting an end to Oxford’s perfect season and lifting New Hope to a 1-0 victory at the New Hope baseball field. (May 15, 2015, Page 5A, 7A)

Bianco’s blast gives OHS lead in North Half finals

The Oxford High baseball team escaped with a 3-2 walk-off win over New Hope thanks to Ben Bianco’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night. The Chargers took a 1-0 lead in the MHSAA Class 5A North Half championship series. (May 13, 2015, Page 6)

Last loss fuels OHS ahead of North Half rematch

It’s a play that’s embedded in the minds of two different sets of players for vastly different reasons. (May 11, 2015, Page 6)

Oxford cruises past Mavs, into North Half finals

Germantown scored Thursday, but the Mavericks didn’t do much else to slow down Oxford’s march through the postseason. Oxford quickly erased an unusual deficit and finished off another playoff sweep with a 12-2 win over the Mavericks at Edwin Moak Field. (May 8, 2015, Page 1B)

Barber pitches, hits Oxford past Germantown

MADISON — Oxford coach Chris Baughman is running out of superlatives to describe what he sees from his ace on a weekly basis. So are his players. Jason Barber did what he normally does on the mound and what he occasionally does at the plate to lead Oxford to its latest win. The Chargers stayed perfect at 30-0 with a 5-0 victory over Germantown in the first game of the teams’ MHSAA Class 5A quarterfinal series at the GHS baseball field Tuesday night. (May 6, 2015, Page 1B)

Chargers climb in national rankings

Oxford’s baseball team is widely regarded as the best in Mississippi. Now the Chargers are being touted as one of the best in the nation. The Chargers, which improved to 30-0 with Tuesday’s playoff win over Germantown, are nationally ranked by several publications and climbing up the pecking order with each victory. Oxford is ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Super 25 — and primed to make a jump when the newspaper updates its poll today — and went from No. 21 to No. 17 in the MaxPreps Xcellent top 50 rankings updated Monday. (May 6, 2015, Page 1B, 2B)

Athletes, parents need to treasure final games

Publisher Tim Phillips recalls his son’s final game as an Oxford Charger. As he watches former teammates of his son — players he coached when they were younger — play their final games at Oxford and Lafayette, he urges parents and family members to treasure these last games and all of the time spent with their youngsters over the years. (April 26, 2015, Page 4A)

Oxford routs West Point to cap spotless regular season

 Never has a season for Oxford’s baseball team been so perfect. The Chargers overwhelmed yet another opponent Tuesday night at Edwin Moak Field to put a bow on the first undefeated regular season in school history with a 16-0 win over West Point. It was the 27th shot an opponent had at Oxford, but it ended in a 27th victory for the Chargers. (April 22, 2015, Page 1B)

Oxford sweeps WVHS, Saltillo to stay perfect

It was another doubleheader day for the Oxford High baseball team, and as they have been all season, the results were the same. The Chargers defeated Saltillo 13-3 in six innings to cap a sweep of the twinbill after beating Water Valley 8-0 at Edwin Moak Field on Monday. The wins kept Oxford perfect with a 26-0 record and improved the Chargers to 8-0 in Division 2-5A with the win over Saltillo. The Chargers will go for the undefeated regular season tonight against West Point on Senior Night. (April 21, 2015, Page 6)

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